Scottish side Celtic snap up Nigeria prospect

Scottish side Celtic snap up Nigeria prospect
Jonathan Afolabi

by Nick Said

Thursday Aug 22, 2019. 12:00

Glasgow Celtic have unveiled striker Jonathan Afolabi, who says he is eager to get started after his “big move” from English Premier League side Southampton.

The 19-year-old, who is a Republic of Ireland junior international, but eligible for Nigeria, has been tipped to be a hit in Scotland, where his raw power and pace will be a handy asset for his new club.

He has settled in well and could be in line to make his debut this weekend when Celtic host Hearts on Sunday.

“It’s been great so far. This is a big move for me and everything has been going well so far,” he told his new club’s website. “The boys have been very welcoming, the fans have been great as well, and I’m delighted to be part of this family now. I can’t wait to drive forward from here.

“With such a talented pool of players, it’s going to take time and hard work to break in, to prove myself to the manager and the dressing room – but that’s something I would have to do anyway. Hopefully I can get a bit of time on the pitch in the future to showcase what I’ve got.”

Afolabi says he chose Celtic because of their reputation of bringing through young players, as well as the chance to win silverware early in his career.

“Celtic is just a stand-out team for me, and they have a great reputation of bringing youngsters from the Academy through the ranks. This is a great club, with a great history, and a great place for me to be a part of. I look forward to helping out in the seasons ahead.

“The club has great facilities, and a great winning mentality, which is what I want to be a part of. My goal here is to be part of a winning squad, adopt that winning mentality, and learn from the boys.

“If I can learn from the senior players, I’ll hopefully have the chance to play in front of these great fans.”

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